On July 15th, 2016 the reports of an attempted military coup in Turkey started coming in. As the news spread the internet users in Turkey started experiencing trouble in accessing some popular social media websites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Although it is not fully clear whether Turkey had completely blocked the access to these social media websites or just slowed down their bandwidth. On Friday evening an organization named Turkey Blocks that monitors internet censorship in Turkey tweeted that Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have been blocked in Turkey.
Here’s the tweet that we are talking about:
The tweet shows that Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have been completely shutdown in Turkey while Instagram and Vimeo were still available.
In a subsequent tweet Turkey Blocks tweeted, “Our data indicated a 2 hour period of social media throttling but no evidence of a full internet blackout in #Turkey.”
Post midnight some people claimed that they had spotty access to Facebook and Twitter, but overall it was observed that people in Turkey struggled to access social media site.
Some Turkish citizens were still seen as using Twitter and Live Videos feature of Facebook, but it is most likely that they had been using VPNs or Virtual Private Network to access Facebook and Twitter by routing their connections to VPN servers location in different countries and thereby avoiding Turkish government’s blocking measures.
It is not the first time that Turkey has used internet censorship and geo-blocking measures to block certain websites from being accessed by the people in Turkey. Turkey usually blocks access to social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram. On July 2nd, there was an online blackout in Turkey after Istanbul airport attack. Turkey takes measures like Internet blockade in the aftermath of tragedies and violences in Turkey.
Turkey passed a law in 2007 which allows the government to ban or block websites in Turkey. There have been situations in 2014 and 2015 when popular social media websites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube had been banned and blocked in Turkey.
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